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Emily Triggs

Calgary, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

Calgary, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Americana Singer/Songwriter


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"Emily Triggs - When Guinevere Went Under"

If you don’t know Emily Triggs, you should.

You may not recognize her name, even if you live in Calgary, where she’s had a long and productive career already, because she’s been spending all of her time in bands like Magnolia Buckskin, The House Doctors, and The Fallen Angel Band. This year, she finally stepped away from those projects to record her first solo album, When Guinevere Went Under.

(Photo courtesy of Kenneth Locke)

Texas blues, Appalachian folk, French Canadiana are listed as Triggs’s influences. Sure. Those things are there, but what I like about this album is I can’t say Triggs is directly affected by anyone. She sounds new. That’s pretty hard to do in an anyone-can-make-an-album world that privileges originality.

One original thing about Triggs is she’s a confident singer. That suggests most of the people I listen to aren’t confident singers, and actually, I have to agree with myself on that point. Emily seems to have a good understanding of her range, what melodies are suited to her style of delivery, and an ability to make her voice memorable without ever resorting to throwing it in your face. She’s all about subtlety. How many singers can do that on their first album? Maybe this is the result of growing up in a musical family (her father is long-time Canadian folk musician Stanley Triggs) and performing since childhood.

Her originality continues through song themes that challenge the dominant singer-songwriter narratives so often employed by her colleagues. Her tendency toward sympathetic narrative governs the album – songs like “Home” and “Border Town” are just two among many – and listeners might feel like they stepped into her intimate thoughts without actually being intrusive. Love, of course, is a theme (a hard one to avoid for songwriters), but it’s a largely positive force on Guinevere, with songs like “Domesticated Miss” and “Cowboy Rustler” talking about giving in to bliss. Breakups do make an appearance, but even here Triggs refuses to rely on cliché, opting for humour instead, like in “Suicide Blues”:

Well I stole his dog
Javex’d his plants
Deleted files
And I scattered his clothes for miles …
What’s a simple girl to do
When she won’t sit at home
Crying those suicide blues

Musically, Triggs rustled up a good cast of side players: local Lorrie Matheson took on a number of instrumental duties alongside producing and recording in his studio; Chris Dadge did drum duty and Chris Byrne and Mike Little play the majority of the lead parts. Triggs’s Magnolia accomplices showed up for backing vocal duties, and Cathy Billington and Laura Reid did violin tracks, making the first tune, “Home”, an epic, opening promise for what’s to come on the rest of the album.

Emily Triggs is holding a CD release tomorrow night at Wine-Ohs in Calgary, which is sold out. Check out upcoming dates and buy the disc on her website. You should definitely know about her. - No Depression


Emily Triggs                 When Guinevere Went Under             2014

Conrad Walz                        She Comes and Goes           2013               vocals

The Fragments                    The Fragments                      2013                vocals

June Gloom                         Wonderland                           2011                vocals

Magnolia Buckskin              Magnolia Buckskin                2010                guitar, vocals

Joe Fournier                        Dirt Road Joyride                   2007                vocals

Conrad Walz                        Millionaires Blues                  2006                vocals

The House Doctors              Fairytales + Poisons             2005                percussion,

The House Doctors              RX                                         2003                guitar, vocals



Emily Triggs Biography 

Emily Triggs is a bred-in-the-bones roots musician. In her debut album When Guinevere Went Under, the guitarist, singer-songwriter takes you on a journey through influences and experiences that have shaped her folk/roots sound.

“I’m pushing the boundaries of what I consider folk – and bringing in influences I’ve had over the years,” she says. Those influences span the Deep South with the likes of Lead Belly, through Texas blues, strains from the Appalachian Mountains to her early years in French Canada.

A regular performer at family gatherings and parties since she was small enough to fit inside a guitar case, Emily’s natural talent was honed in Hemmingford, Quebec. Her mother, Louise Demers Triggs was a folk dancer in Les Feux-Follets. Her father, Stanley Triggs, was a folk singer in the 1960s and has songs that can be found within Smithsonian Folkways.

Emily has been singing festivals, clubs and coffee houses and has become known as an established singer songwriter solo performer. She has been a member of Calgary-based bands: “The House Doctors", "The Fallen Angel Band", “June Gloom” and “Magnolia Buckskin”.  

Her latest release has been played by CBC and stations across the country, reaching reaching top 5 folk/roots charts for some and top 30 charts f for the months of April and March of this year   Emily engages the listener. Her songs are double edged, unapologetic and a unique sound in the genre of Roots/Americana.

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